Manufacturers laud SON on introduction of mobile calibration equipment
Manufacturers in Nigeria have extolled the Standards Organisation of Nigeria’s (SON’s) on introduction of mobile calibration vehicles and measurement equipment in the country.
They gave this commendation at the inauguration of SON’s mobile calibration vehicles and measurement equipment in Lagos.
According to them; “the move by SON would provide access to new markets, prevent trade barriers, open up global market, increase market share, increase productivity, reduce costs, minimise errors and guarantee consistency and uniformity of products”.
Also, the Director General, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Dr. Segun Ajayi-Kadir, said Public Private Partnership (PPP) is the surest path to attain an enduring economy that would take care of Nigeria’s over 200 million population.
He assured SON of MAN’s partnership in areas where support is needed, saying that MAN recently concluded a leadership retreat to prioritise its relationship with SON .
He said : “The institutions have to be strong, to be able to maintain the synergy we have. So, all of us have a responsibility to support SON. We have a responsibility to encourage them. I want to say here that we should all leave this place resolved to ensure that SON has the resources at their disposal”.
He added : “The equipment we are going to launch here today are not the numbers required to cover this country. We have 774 local governments. We need SON to be everywhere, so that we are able to deliver excellent service. So I encourage all of us business organisations to look for ways that SON can be supported to make our country better.
“This is a game changer for us. We assure SON that together we shall make this country great again”.
The Managing Director, FAMADEC, Engr. Mary Afolayan, said SON has helped manufacturers in maintaining their footings for global competitiveness, saying courtesy of SON’s activities in the country, all its operations are standardised.
She stated the need for more SMEs to be established and encouraged to solve Nigeria’s rising unemployment rate amongst youths, stressing that SMEs are veritable tools to eradicate unemployment in the country.
The Chief Executive Officer, Lydin Limited, Mrs. Regina Imoisili, said she was impressed with SON’s effort in reaching out to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the country, stating the need to encourage SMEs to imbibe the culture of standards in their day-to-day business activities.
“SON is one of the few agencies that encourages SMEs. I want to enjoy players in the SME sector to leverage on the opportunities offered by the launch of these mobile calibration equipment to catalyse their business for increased profitability and productivity. The launch of these equipment will make us compliant,” she said.
In his remarks, the Director General of SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, said with SON’s state of the art mobile collaboration services, remote areas will be served, thereby enhancing the nation’s economic growth and the benefits of calibrations.
In his words: ” The benefits of calibration would help to ensure compliance, monitoring the control of substandard products across the country, promoting mass production for industries and businesses, facilitate transactions in business, trade, commerce and fast track overall industrial growth, especially development of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across the country.
“As we are all aware, the plague caused by substandard products to our nation cannot be overemphasised as seen in declining foreign exchange, surging unemployment and insecurity. In addition, of course, the closing of factories.
“To address this challenge, SON has set out to strengthen available measures to fight substandard products across the country.
“Some of the measures include establishing six new offices in more locations for better coverage, provision of testing facilities across various regions and establishment of SON special task force, to serve as a third eye.
“Though there have been so many challenges but we remain undeterred. It is a worthy cause and together we shall win this war. I therefore invite you to join hands with us to fight the influx of substandard goods and create a healthy nation by patronising our calibration services”.